Falling where it does, between the vastly more sentimental holidays of Valentine’s and Mother’s Day, we feel like President’s Day doesn’t get its due respect as a holiday.
So we vowed that each year we would celebrate the day by eating as if we were rulers of the free world! This year marks our third attempt at creating a tasty meal from our vintage copies of The White House Cookbook (read more about the history of this book by clicking here.) We’ve had, let’s just say, “varying degrees of success.” ( It seems that tastes have changed a lot over the years.)
Given the financial woes of the country this President’s Day, the first recipe we tried this year was this:
The Plain Economical Soup was just that. Plain and Economical. We substituted the bone from a leg of lamb we cooked earlier in the week. The soup was actually hearty enough to enjoy, and it will make you thankful for all the things that you did have to grace your table this year as much as it reminds you of what didn’t. We thought it would be the Even MORE Economical Soup if you didn’t strain the vegetables. Why throw away perfectly good vegetables!? Based on this soup, we are optimistic about the economic outlooks for the year to come.
Following in the direction of thrift, we loved that the following recipe suggested using the remnants of what was already a fairly thrifty meal from the day before.
We were actually very surprised by how tasty this hash turned out, but it may have something to do with the fact that we decided to use a WALNUT sized amount of butter AND crumble bacon left over from breakfast on top of the dish.